“TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending January 31, 2009.” February 5, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – Ticketmaster, the number one seller...

“TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending January 31, 2009.”

February 5, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – Ticketmaster, the number one seller on TicketNews’s Top Overall Sellers rankings, made headlines this past week after tickets went on sale for the upcoming Bruce Springsteen tour. When tickets became available on February 2, many fans were shut out of buying tickets from the company and instead directed to their secondary market subsidiary TicketsNow where many tickets were already available. After an uproar from fans, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice calling on the agencies to investigate the relationship between Ticketmaster and TicketsNow.

Now nearly one year after it completed the purchase of TicketsNow, Ticketmaster is now in talks with Live Nation for a merger. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two biggest names in the ticket industry are close to an agreement. If the companies merge, it would create an enterprise that would virtually control the entire concert landscape.

Live Nation was also was at the center of more news coverage after issues with their website occurred during ticket sales for the upcoming Phish tour. The new ticketing system, which was launched in December 2008, reportedly froze due to heavy traffic generated by onsales. At least a million people tried to buy tickets to the show when they went on sale.

The top five rankings of the Top Overall Sellers remained the same this week, with only Ticket Liquidator and Ticket City switching spots in the top ten. Ticketmaster ranked number one with a power score of 33.61, and was followed by secondary ticket giant StubHub with a power score of 12.72.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

Seller WE 01-31-09 WE 01-24-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 33.61 1 33.64 1 34.08
StubHub.com 2 12.72 2 12.96 2 12.81
Tickets.com 3 7.61 3 7.52 3 7.59
TicketsNow.com 4 6.08 4 6.22 4 6.10
LiveNation.com 5 3.97 5 3.85 5 3.79
TicketCity.com 6 3.50 7 3.25 6.25 3.34
TicketLiquidator.com 7 3.30 6 3.37 6.75 3.13
Telecharge.com 8 2.27 8 2.30 8 2.35
RazorGator.com 9 1.79 9 1.70 9 1.72
Tix.com 10 1.48 10 1.43 10.25 1.36
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 11 1.32 11 1.25 10.75 1.24
ETix.com 12 1.03 12 1.07 12 1.04
JustBuyTickets.com 13 0.99 14 0.92 14.75 0.90
TickCo.com 14 0.94 13 0.97 13.25 0.95
GoTickets.com 15 0.92 15 0.90 14.5 0.91
TicketWeb.com 16 0.87 16 0.89 15.5 0.88
TicketNetwork.com 17 0.69 18 0.68 17.75 0.70
EventTicketsCenter.com 18 0.68 17 0.85 17.25 0.76
Vividseats.com 19 0.65 19 0.64 19.25 0.64
GrooveTickets.com 20 0.56 22 0.55 20.25 0.59

Ticket City made a jump into the top three position of the Top Secondary Sellers rankings with a power score of 7.49, trailing StubHub and TicketsNow. VividSeats ranked number ten, moving up two spots with a power score of 1.59.

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Seller WE 01-31-09 WE 01-24-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
StubHub.com 1 26.42 1 26.88 1 26.67
TicketsNow.com 2 12.88 2 13.16 2 12.95
TicketCity.com 3 7.49 4 6.82 3.75 6.86
TicketLiquidator.com 4 7.22 3 7.35 3.75 6.86
RazorGator.com 5 4.02 5 3.81 5 3.90
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 6 3.14 6 2.95 6 2.94
JustBuyTickets.com 7 2.35 8 2.18 8.25 2.15
TickCo.com 8 2.25 7 2.32 7.25 2.29
GoTickets.com 9 2.21 9 2.14 8.5 2.19
Vividseats.com 10 1.59 12 1.52 11.5 1.55
EventTicketsCenter.com 11 1.58 10 2.11 10.5 1.83
TicketNetwork.com 12 1.57 11 1.57 11 1.67
ABCTickets.com 13 1.43 14 1.34 14 1.38
OnlineSeats.com 14 1.37 15 1.33 14 1.36
TicketSpot.com 15 1.27 17 1.18 15.5 1.26
BuyBetterTickets.com 16 1.20 13 1.43 15.5 1.27
AceTicket.com 17 1.04 20 0.99 18.25 1.08
FindTicketsFast.com 18 1.03 19 1.07 17.75 1.14
TicketZoom.com 19 1.02 16 1.22 17.5 1.16
JumboTickets.com 20 0.97 18 1.14 19.75 1.05

The Top Primary Sellers rankings continue to remain consistent as the top ten ticket companies remain the same for the third straight week. The only change resulted from Groove Tickets and Wantickets.com switching spots at numbers eight and nine. Ticketmaster ranked number one again with a power score of 59.53.

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Seller WE 01-31-09 WE 01-24-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 59.53 1 59.77 1 60.21
Tickets.com 2 13.61 2 13.49 2 13.54
LiveNation.com 3 7.24 3 7.05 3 6.88
Telecharge.com 4 4.03 4 4.09 4 4.15
Tix.com 5 2.66 5 2.60 5 2.45
ETix.com 6 1.90 6 2.01 6 1.92
TicketWeb.com 7 1.56 7 1.60 7 1.57
Groovetickets.com 8 1.04 8 1.04 8.25 1.10
Wantickets.com 9 1.00 8 1.06 8.75 1.02
SeatAdvisor.com 10 0.90 10 0.96 10 0.89

TicketNews.com is a comprehensive resource for news, market analysis, event announcements, and information relating to the ticket industry. TicketNews.com keeps industry professionals and fans informed about tour dates, current and pending ticket resale legislation, rankings, onsales, and more. The content is updated daily, with original articles from ten TicketNews.com reporters and an aggregation of 3rd party sources.

TicketNews.com developed the algorithm for the exclusive weekly rankings of the industry’s ticket sellers. Top sellers rankings and power scores are based on web traffic received by a ticket seller’s website. The power score is highly correlated with the number of transactions from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary ticket market exchange. A top seller power score illustrates a given seller’s category-specific significance. Three factors obtained from multiple independent resources, including comScore and Hitwise, are used to compare sellers within a particular category.

1. Number of unique visitors (IP addresses visiting a website in a 24-hour period).
2. Number of visits (a series of one or more page requests by a visitor without 30 consecutive minutes of inactivity).
3. Page views (the average number of unique pages viewed by a unique visitor).

Top seller power scores should only be used to compare sellers within a particular category. TicketNews.com also ranks the top events weekly. For more information, visit www.ticketnews.com/ticket_industry_rankings.
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